How To Get An All Expenses Paid Sponsorship To Attend A Conference! And Podcamp Boston 5 Information #PCB5

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Notes From This Episode:

Podcamp Boston 5 Trip Sponsorship
Last week, I inserted a short note about the fact that I was looking for a sponsor for our trip to Podcamp Boston 5. I was approached by two companies who had a strong desire to sponsor the trip for Stephanie and myself! I’m proud to announce that Dane Falkner from DivineOffice.org is paying ALL EXPENSES for Stephanie and I to attend Podcamp Boston 5. When I say all expenses, I’m talking about round trip airfaire, hotel accommodations, meals and transportation while in Boston, admission to the conference, AS WELL AS the costs for quality childcare for our three children for four days.

What did I offer to my sponsor?
First off, I will create a blog post that will be easily found at http://gspn.tv/divineoffice. This blog post will include a video explaining how I met Dane and how he had just recently sponsored the podcasting track at the CNMC event that I spoke at in Boston just recently. I will explain what a financial blessing this is to us personally and professionally.
I will explain what it means to me that Stephanie will be able to attend the event and, of course, I will explain what DivineOffice is.

The blog post will also include some written information to summarize the contents of the video and will have a brief description of the Divine Office ministry and how considering the purchase of their iPhone/iPad application is a great way to thank them for this generous sponsorship.

This blog post is a critical ingredient to the sponsorship. Rather than go on for 5 to 10 minutes about the sponsorship, like a certain podcaster that I love, I can simply say thanks to Dane at DivineOffice.org for his sponsorship and ask people to please go to http://gspn.tv/divineoffice to leave a comment thanking them for the sponsorship. In fact, I’d like to ask you, if you are excited about the fact that I’ll be able to bring coverage about and produce content from Podcamp Boston 5, please head over there and leave a comment thanking them.

I will be talking up the Podcamp Boston 5 trip in many of my podcasts, on a weekly basis, leading up to the trip. Of course, a quick thanks will be given to Divine Office and a mention of the post at http://gspn.tv/divineoffice.

They will gain some Brand Exposure On Twitter/Facebook/Linked In During The Event. I describe this in a little more detail in the episode.

YouTube video updates from the event will include a short note of thanks to Divine Office with a mention of the post at http://gspn.tv/divineoffice.

My Podcamp Boston Talk: I will be talking about how you can earn an income from podcasting about your passion. You can bet I’ll be talking about how Stephanie and I are attending this event on a 100%, all expenses paid basis thanks to DivineOffice.org and if they are interested in more information about how that came about, they should check out this episode of Podcast Answer man or the blog post found at http://gspn.tv/divineoffice.

I explained the value of all my face-to-face/one-on-one conversations that I will be having with people and how the word will spread about the the things that I share with these people. I give a little more detail in this episode, however, I shared with Dane the following two audio clips to demonstrate how people who have a chance to hear my story will talk about it to others.

Mac & Katherine from the Catholic In A Small Town podcast:
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Greg & Jennifer from The Catholics Next Door show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio
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Of course thanks would be given and mention of the post at http://gspn.tv/divineoffice whenever we refer to our trip to Podcamp Boston 5 in our podcasts after we return.

I shared the story of how being the first to sponsor an event like this would certainly be included in at least one book that I plan to write and will likely be shared in many of my future speaking engagements.

There is the TARGET AUDIENCE to consider. I have amazing relationships with very influential Catholics in new media around the world. Just listen to the two audio clips mentioned above to get a feel for this fact.

Here's the deal: it took me YEARS to get to the place where I have a lot to offer to my sponsor! Building meaningful relationships with people around shared passions and giving sacrificially to others, over the course of years, is what has made this a reality.

I turned down the 2nd sponsor, as I wanted to make sure to funnel all attention to a single sponsor that has paid for ALL EXPENSES. I believe that carries a lot more weight than mentioning a LIST of sponsors. I do not want to dilute the exposure to my sponsor and I don't want to overwhelm my audience with requests to thank multiple sponsors.

So what’s the big deal about Podcamp Boston 5 anyway?
First off, if you haven’t heard of a podcamp before, simply check out http://podcamp.org for more details. Boston is a major social media hub on the East Coast. Boston is where Podcamp first started! Boston is a very beautiful city to visit. I attended Podcamp Boston 2 and the relationships I made there literally helped me launch my business.

Podcamp Boston is a 2 day event!
More people will travel farther distances to attend a two day event.
At single day events, hardly anyone shows up for pre-podcamp parties.
At single day events, hardly anyone sticks around long enough for the evening party.
At two day events both the pre-party and official podcamp party are HIGHLY ATTENDED!

Networking & Socializing!
It’s not all about the sessions! At least not for me. Some sessions will be really great. Some sessions will be absolutely horrible. I plan on spending more time in the hallways than in the sessions. I plan to meet as many new people as possible. The parties are great places to get to know people. And I am hoping to find just the right dinner party to attend!

It is simply an enriching experience. I’ve been to a lot of podcamps at this point. Podcamp NYC 2 was another great two day Podcamp. However, It’s hard to beat the original. You should attend Podcamp Boston 5!

That’s all I have for you this week. I’m simply going to ask you to head over to http://gspn.tv/divineoffice and leave a comment thanking Dane and the team for making it possible for Stephanie and I to attend this event. As the result of their sponsorship, you’ll be able to experience it from my perspective.

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